Customer Support, Communication and Professionalism

Jo Blitz A. Escotal

Customer Support, Communication and Professionalism

Job Roles and Responsibilities

PC Support Technician –
Works on-site, closely interacting with users and is responsible for PC maintenance
PC Service Technician –
Goes to Customer site in response to a service call and possibly repairs a PC
Bench or Depot Technician –
Works on a lab environment, might not interact or have very limited contact with users
Help-Desk Technician –
Provides telephone or online support

Traits of a competent technician:
Positive Attitude, Own the Problem, Dependable, Honest, Professional, Accountable and Respect the work and clients

Use proper language and speak clearly – avoid jargon, acronyms and slang when applicable

Listen and do not interrupt a customer

Be culturally sensitive

Be on time (If late contact the customer)

Avoid distractions (personal calls, talking with co-workers while interacting with customers and personal interruptions)

Avoid arguing with customers and/or being defensive

Do not minimize customers’ problems

Avoid being judgmental

Clarify customer statements (Ask open-ended questions to narrow the scope of the problem)

Restate the issue or question to verify understanding

Set and meet expectations/timeline and communicate status with the customer
Offer different repair/replacement options if applicable
provide documentation on the services provided
Follow up with customers/users later to verify satisfaction

Deal appropriately with customers’ confidential materials (Located on computer, desktop, printer, laptop, etc.)

Do the right thing

Deal with customers professionally

help desk

Help desk and Service Desk Skills (Communication, Technical and Business Understanding)

A help desk is a central point of contact that provides technical support to clients.

Service Desk (More extended services)
Service Desk Structures (Local, Central, Virtual and 24/7 Follow the Sun)

For products:

Tools and Software (Use for tracking and documenting issues, incidents, and problems for better resolution and support)
BMC Remedy, HP Open View, ITIL, LAN Desk, and FAQ

For services:

Tech solutions like WISMOlabs platforms ( can be used for tracking and documenting issues related to service delivery so that better resolution and support can be provided.

Call center
A call center is typically a large collection of support people located in a common facility use to provide support

Three types of Computer Level Support

  • Level-one support (tier 1) is the initial technical support contact. This is typically made with technical support from a help desk, Web site, or call center. Most problems can be corrected at this level.
  • Level-two support (tier 2) is when the problem is elevated to a person with more experience or expertise than the first person contacted. While level-one support handles most problems, the person at level one typically answers technical support questions from cue cards or a software program that has answers available for the most common customer problems and questions. (Networking and High Level Technician resides at these levels)
  • Level-three support (tier 3) is typically provided outside the immediate technical support location. For example, a third-party company, such as Microsoft and IBM, provides level-three support when a problem cannot be solved locally by level-one or level-two support. (Developer and Programmers resides at these levels)

Often, customer support is outsourced to a company that specializes in technical support through nearshoring or offshoring. (Cost & Expertise are the main reason)

Body Language (Phone support especially)
Body language and mannerisms can say more than the spoken word and reveal your true feelings.

Handling Difficult Situations
When a client is angry and upset, they will vent their emotions toward the person who represents the company or problem. Dealing with difficult people requires patience and composure. Do not take complaints personally.

Never react to a difficult customer, but rather listen and respond with empathy.
When not able to solve the problem escalate to someone who can help you.
Escalation Functional (expertise) or Vertical (management)

Empathy means that you show by your words that you understand the other person’s feelings and their situation. There is likely always a situation that would warrant a statement like, “I can understand how this problem is frustrating you.”

Is the Customer Always Right?
There is a very old business saying: “The customer is always right.” Well, this is true most of the time, but there are times when this motto just doesn’t apply. When the customer or client wishes you to do something unethical or illegal, they are wrong. If they become verbally and physically abusive escalate to proper channels.

IT Processes

Incident Management (Restore normal service due to interruption ASAP)

Problem Management (Root Cause) Diagnosis and Investigation

Change Management (RFC Request for Change) Password reset etc Normal, Standard and Emergency Change

Request Fulfillment Management – Handles Service requests which are not incidents

Access Management – Privileges, Permissions and Rights

Event Management – Monitoring of Events

Release and Deployment Management – Handles releases and use for testing, building and validation

Service Level Management – Handles relationships with customers

Incident Response and Documentation

First Responders, Documentation, Chain of Custody and Secure Evidence

SLAService Level Agreement specifies how clients and support personnel are to interact, what to expect from each other, and timeframes for the resolution of issues.

Typical SLA contains (Contact tech support, response time, services provided, escalation problem etc.)

Closure happens when the customer is satisfied with the outcome

Workaround (Temporary Fix)

Known Errors (Solution to a known error put in KEDB)

Metrics (KPI Key Performance Indicators)

Software Federal Copyright of 1976

Was designed in part to protect software copyrights by requiring that only legally obtained copies of software. In order to ensure that licensing and legal contracts are properly handled, companies often hire software lawyers. Software lawyers specialize in interpreting and negotiating software-related legal documents, such as licenses and contracts. They understand the technical aspects of software, such as copyright and patent law, and can advise companies on how to protect their intellectual property rights.

A follow-up helps to build a good relationship with the customer or client.

Teamwork is two or more people working toward a common goal.